The Guardian festival blog: Field Day festival set to go ahead after organisers, council and locals do battle | Music


The London music festival Field Day looks likely to be finally granted a licence by Lambeth council for its 2018 edition, following a long dispute between local councillors, festival promoters and local residents that has mirrored London’s wider struggles over public space and private profit.

Headlined by Erykah Badu, Four Tet and Fever Ray, Field Day is scheduled to take place for the first time in Brockwell Park, after 11 years in east London’s Victoria Park. But with accusations of council mismanagement, warnings of ecological damage and impending legal action, Field Day’s long-term prospects remain under threat – as do those of the capital’s wider festival scene.

Founded in 2007, Field Day has built up a loyal audience drawn in by high-profile indie acts, underground DJs and international musicians from Syria to Sudan. It is seen as a testing ground for breakthrough artists on their way to mainstream success, a…



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